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Collaboration between Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary

Working with other police forces can bring enormous benefits, such as increased resilience and economies of scale. In the context of the significant financial challenges that the Constabulary is currently facing, collaborative working is seen as a key option to achieving savings. 

Bedfordshire Police is continuing to develop opportunities to collaborate effectively with Hertfordshire and, more recently, Cambridgeshire Constabulary has joined us to form a three-force Strategic Policing Alliance that will explore options for further joint initiatives.

The overarching priority is to ensure that we deliver a policing service to communities in Bedfordshire that is as resilient, efficient and effective as possible, at a time when we are faced with considerable financial constraints like all other public services.

To date the following joint units have been established:

  •  Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Dog Unit – April 2009
  • Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Civil Contingencies & Public Order Planning Unit – September 2009
  • Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Police Pensions Payroll & Administration Unit – November 2010
  • Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire ICT Department – December 2010
  • Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Firearms Licensing Unit – March 2011
  • Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit – April 2011
  • Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Graphic Design & Print Unit – April 2011
  • Procurement Department for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire – April 2011
  • Professional Standards Unit for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire - January 2012
  • Scientific Services Unit for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire – April 2012
  • Armed Policing Unit for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire – April 2012
  • Major Crime Unit for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire, April 2012All these collaborative initiatives are underpinned by legal agreements under Section 23 of the Police Act 1996 between the respective police authorities and Chief Constables detailing governance arrangements. 
  • Counter Terrorism & Domestic Extremism Unit for  Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire – November 2012

A dedicated joint programme team continues to explore opportunities for further collaborative work, predominantly between Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, building on these recent successes. The team comprises officers and staff from all three forces.

Not all services are suitable for collaboration with other forces, for example neighbourhood policing must retain its very local focus. However, we will explore all other options to develop joint services with Hertfordshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and other forces and partners, both locally and across the country. The financial challenge is imminent so it will be important that work on further collaboration is developed with all urgency.

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